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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger 800 19” spoked rim

For all those out there who made the mistake of buying an xr tiger and doing way too much off-road and bending the cast wheels like me. Here is the most cost effective solution to 19” spoked rims I could come up with.

I bought a used front hub of a tiger xcx on eBay for $40

I then sent it to Buchanan spoke and rim in California and $600 later here we are!

I also got a quote from woody’s wheel works but they were more money and their customer service is a joke. I couldn’t be happier with Buchanan, they had the wheel built and shipped within a few days.

For the rear I just bought a spoked rim of a tiger 800 xc on eBay for $250 shipped.

Just did a 1500 mile trip to lake of the Ozarks and back and they are great!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 05:00 PM
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Nice! People get so ticked off with the tubes and spokes wheels on the XC models and they want cast wheels. That right there is why they put spoked wheels on the XC's!

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I went ahead and sealed them for tubeless. It’s cheap, easy, and totally worth it in my opinion.
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Nice! People get so ticked off with the tubes and spokes wheels on the XC models and they want cast wheels. That right there is why they put spoked wheels on the XC's!
You are spot on!

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I went ahead and sealed them for tubeless. Itís cheap, easy, and totally worth it in my opinion.
Go bend a bead and let us know how you're doing. That's the reason for the tubes.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2019, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Over the years I’ve had 10-12 punctured tubes. Never had a bead bend bad enough to not hold air. I’ll take my chances
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So the 19" rim that was used has a good bead for going tubeless unlike the 21" spoked XC wheels?

How do you like the 19" wheels in general, and now the 19" spoked wheels for on and off road use? Are they plenty good for dirt and gravel roads, some off road and yet do they provide a sporty or generally good road ride?

I am shopping for a Tiger and not sure if I want the XC or XR. I am not interested in hard core off road but I like the idea of a bike built to take that and therefore never feeling I am close to the limit or riding the bike where I shouldn't. I also like the adjustable suspension of the XC just because touring with a pillion.
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It’s an excel rim so it’s designed for motocross use, no worries about the bead.

If you’re on the fence between a xr or xc I would absolutely buy an xc. I have literally spent thousands on suspension, crash bars, skid plate, and wheels to basically make my bike a xc. The only reason I didn’t buy one in the first place is because I have a 30 inch inseam so seat height is an issue.

As far as wheel size goes between the 19” and 21” I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’ve had bikes with both sizes. Realistically if you own a tiger you will probably have a 50/50 knobby tire on it, so you’ll never be that hard into a corner to notice. Off-road difference is negligible in my opinion.
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Fair enough. Good advice. The way I look at it, the Tiger XC is one of the off road ADV bikes that reviews and owners agree is the best on the road vs the other machines, I'd be happy no matter how much off and on road I would end up doing. I am also thinking of keeping my street bike so the XC makes even more sense. Only issue is finding a good 21" tubeless setup.

I am looking at used Tiger 800 XC from 2015 onward as they have the improvements that seem worth going after.
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Had a 2013 Roadie that was totaled when a driver turned left in front of me and nearly killed me too. Replaced it with a used 2016 XCx and couldn't be happier. Suspension far superior. Saddle far more comfortable. 4-way flashers standard, though the button is in a stupid place on the dash when it should be reachable without taking hand off the handlebar. Cruise control standard. Harder to lift bike onto center stand because of the height increase and no change in leverage. Would have loved an XCx at the same height as a Roadie but not willing to install a lowering link.

Your wheels look great!
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